Lao Tzu, the eastern philosopher proclaimed hundreds of years ago: “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
Theologians distinguish between two broad streams of thinking about God – kataphatic and apophatic. You can’t use these in Scrabble, but they are worth knowing. The former focuses on what can be known about God, whereas the latter stresses what can’t be known.
I had never been to Kansas City. A vivacious and beautiful young single woman in a brown Oldsmobile sedan picked me up from the airport. The next thing I knew I was seated at a restaurant on the Plaza and there was a large Texas state flag hanging on the wall behind our table. For two days I met with various committees from the church. They packed a lot of the saints onto those committees.
Tom Long who used to teach at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta says that for a lot of church-going folks, the Christian year with its different seasons is about as interesting as sitting down in a Chinese restaurant only to discover it’s the year of the rooster. Who cares? The answer in the latter case is the Chinese. It’s a traditional way for them to mark time. The answer in the former case is obvious enough too, Christians, a way for us to mark time.
For the uninitiated, FaithPub consists of the potent combination of three things: beer, testosterone and spiritual conversation. Lots of bars feature the first two items, with the latter often focusing on Tom Brady’s latest heroics, that sort of thing. But in this case, FaithPub is a men’s group ministry …
Family Worship Night this past Sunday was one of the best ever! No offense if you weren’t there. That’s not what made it so great. But you did miss out if you weren’t!
Why is change so hard? I remember when I was in 6th grade my parents announced that we were going to join a new church, the Christian church.
Joe: “Did you know I have a Girl Scout award?” Girl Scout: “Whaaat?” (complete with a side glance and a little head shake) Joe: “Because I helped start two Girl Scout troops.” Girl Scout: “Reeeealy?” (with another doubting head shake) It was an amusing little exchange that began last Sunday …
I cannot even begin to describe what it feels like to say goodbye to all of you at Country Club Christian Church. Your gracious love, constant kindness and ongoing prayers are gifts I will carry with me the rest of my life.